Suvic’s certification process was successfully completed on 17 October 2019, when Suvic’s management system was awarded with the international ISO certification. This means that Suvic Oy meets the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 standards. The certification audit was carried out by one of the world’s leading certification bodies, DNV GL accredited by FINAS. The certification process stared with a preliminary audit in May, and the actual audit was carried out at the end of August.
The certification is a proof that the company does more than merely meets its statutory obligations. Suvic has a holistic approach to its responsibilities, and therefore all quality and EHS issues have been integrated into one system. For example, issues related to the environment and accountability were comprehensively covered with the auditor already during the preliminary audit. “We discussed in detail how our subcontractors take the environment into consideration in their operations and how we can assess our subcontractor network, that is, to ensure that it is in line with our management system, and how we can check how our subcontractors meet the environmental goals set. We assess our own carbon footprint and the concrete ways to decrease it. In our case, this can be done by curbing the use of concrete, iron and transport, for example,” says CEO Juha Tikkakoski of Suvic.
Certification is both an internal and external issue for Suvic. Quality management certificates granted by an accredited third party are proof for clients that the company’s processes meet the set requirements. It also means that the company systematically improves its operations, and it serves as a tool to improve quality within the organisation. Hence, Suvic does not consider management system as a tool to maintain a status quo, but first and foremost as a tool for managing change and continuous development.
After the audits were completed and certificates granted, CEO Tikkakoski compliments the process for being both thorough and useful: “Although the need to certify our operations originated from our interest groups and the requirements and expectations of our wind power sector clients in particular, the process generated added value to us. It gave us an opportunity to examine our own possible development points and gave us insight on whether we could do something even better. We already knew, on the basis of an audit by a client, that our standard level was good. The certification process was nevertheless an excellent way to check that we do things the way we should!”
Further information on certificates:
ISO 9001 is the world’s best-known standard and the most widely used management model based on a philosophy of continuous improvement. Therefore, the standard is an excellent tool for developing business, processes (including working methods, decision-making models and division of responsibilities) and leadership.
A certified environmental management system demonstrates the company’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. An ISO 14001 certified environmental management system helps improve the processes and practices of an organisation; in order to obtain the environmental management certificate, the company must comply with legislation, identify its impacts on the environment and set goals and objectives to reduce environmental impact.
The ISO 45001 standard is the International Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS), which provides a systematic framework for internationally certified safety management. The model of the standard can be used to develop corporate safety culture and to reduce accidents and sick leaves. (Note: The ISO 45001 standard has replaced the former OHSAS 18001 as the official certification standard in 2018.)